Armida van Rij
Armida joined the Policy Institute in October 2016. She works at the intersection of defence, security and social policy. Within this area, she has a broad remit: her research ranges from European defence cooperation, to mitigating the threats of improvised explosive devices in the Middle East, and countering violent extremism. She has also worked on a number of projects seeking to understand attitudes to migration, changing communities and social cohesion in the UK.
Within the Institute, Armida chairs the International Development Working Group. Beyond the world of King’s, she sits on the core committee of Women in International Security (WIIS) UK, a network which seeks to provide a platform for promoting the research and work of women in international security, and has acted as the rapporteur to the European Defence Industries Summit.
Armida previously worked at Chatham House with the Asia Programme, and with the European Union Delegation to Myanmar (Burma). Armida is a Dutch/Italian national and holds an undergraduate degree in International Relations from the University of Sussex, and a postgraduate degree in Conflict Resolution in Divided Societies from King’s College London. She is fluent in English, French, Dutch and Italian.